Instead of being angry at the anonymous author or all the other people I know who do mean things, why not just turn it around and use my energy on something positive?
I decided to write a letter of my own and leave it for someone to find, only my letter would tell someone how great he or she was. Naturally, I asked Josephine who the recipient of the letter should be. She chose her playgroup leader*. She told me things she liked about her, and I wrote it all down, then she added a little at the bottom and even wrote her own name (you'll have to squint a bit to make it out).
(The tattoo was temporary J)
Our plan is to surreptitiously leave it on her desk after our next playgroup meeting. I thought it would be better if we left it for her to find instead of standing right there while she read it.
Josephine had a lot of fun doing this, and so did I. It was easy, made us feel good, and made someone else feel good. While I don’t necessarily believe that one nice note could cancel out the hate that the other note created, you all could always do the same and we could start a wave of positivity.
What do you think? Do you have the time to write a letter to someone who makes you happy? If you do, leave a comment, leave a link to a blog post, or tag it #writeaniceletter on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
P.P.S. I've been writing over at Sean Purcell Photography but neglecting to tell you about it. I shared this challenge, and if you want to read about wacky ways to beat the summer heat, flower girl gift ideas, my experience getting portraits taken with Jeremy to make up for our lousy wedding pictures, or, if you want to see what Sean and Amanda had to say about our family portraits and pictures of me and Jeremy being all in love, then I've got you covered.